This latest offering by Coupland doesn t disappoint The writing is ilarious in an I shouldn t be laughing at this kind of way It also made me wonder if I was also terrible person for agreeing with much of the main character s orrid actionsThis book was such a treat to read Although mildly offensive the main character is such a loser that you won t be that botheredMy only ualm was that the plethora of definitions for commonly known items got annoying However by the end of the novel the scattering of info tidbits grew on meOverall this was a completely ridiculous novel that was very amusingNote I received this book for free in exchange for an onest rev In 2009 Douglas Coupland s short story Survivor was published in McSweeney s 31 and featured a cameraman on a tropical island filming a Survivor esue reality show who discovers that nuclear war Anna Nalick Wreck Of The Day has erupted in the outside world and that they on this island in the middle of nowhere could be the last remaining descendants ofumanity turning their survival reality show into a reality of survival The story clearly stayed with Coupland because 4 years later e s developed the short story into a full length novel Worst Person Ever And as good as the short story was the novel is even better in fact I would say it s the Funniest Novel Of The Year Raymond Gunt is a B unit cameraman who gets a gig on the reality show Survival which starts shooting shortly on the small island nation of Kiribati in the middle of the Pacific Ocean Ray doesn t know it yet but e s about to instigate nuclear armageddon and it all starts when e picks a fight with a omeless man called Neal and ends with a Algiers Tomorrow hybrid piece of cutlery Ray is also a despicable person who treats everyone like somethinge stepped in thinks only of imself in every instance and is a sleazy ateful miserable middle aged man and The Tek War Chronicles he thinkse s a decent bloke And actually as a protagonist The State in the Third Millennium he is a fully engaging completely fascinating person even ife is a swine you can t Learning by Accident help but loveis misadventures But I don t want to make you think that Abducted Bride he does anything trulyeinous that goes too far because Fireproof (Maggie ODell, he s endlessly likeable Think of characters like Flashman or Blackadder Ray is like them in nearly every way bunglingis way through things and somehow making out ok in the end Kind of Because Ray Grammar Without Tears hasideously bad luck which makes for one Valkenburg Foundation hell of an entertaining read for us the readers Ray s lengthy journey from London to Kiribati consumes much of the novel ase and Les rives du Danube vlo, de Ulm Passau his faithful companion Neal the formeromeless man turned personal assistant take numerous planes to reach the island but pretty much everything that can go wrong does go wrong for Ray and the disastrous travel arrangements become the stuff of classic comedy I should also mention that despite being omeless Neal is incongruously sexually attractive to all women On their flight out to LA Ray is booked in business class and Neal in coach but after the first of many mishaps with customs the tickets get switched and Ray winds up in a middle seat in coach between some Bunuel children basically special needs kids who scream constantly After enduring enough screams and clothing stains Ray eads to business class where Scar he finds Neal sat next to Cameron Diaz sharing champagne and flirtations wither This is the beginning of some superbly put together misanthropic statements from Ray who calls Ne Douglas Coupland is a damn geniusYou just know the book is going to be good when the book jacket literally Oasis has a disclaimer on it saying Viewer Discretion Is AdvisedDistilled down Worst Person Ever is essentially a novel about a man Raymond who goes through life getting shit on at every turn Throughout Raymond experiences all the real life issues we go through bute experiences them during a global nuclear crisis while navigating life on an island in the middle of nowhere with 2027 - A Near-Future Fantasy (2027: Near-future feminization Book 1) his ex wife and aomeless man The Spirit of Intimacy he recently met This book is actually LMAO funny at points Coupland is really in touch with contemporaryumour and Books (Notes) ... he didn t shy away from a single taboo subject He talks a lot about sex self pleasure and orgies alikee uses every swear word and swear combo imaginable and e even manages to tackle a little bit of politics WPE is a commentary on life Although it may seem exaggerated at times really there isn t a single thing that appens to Raymond that doesn t appen to someone out there in the world And even Though We Are Not Currently we are not currently a nuclear crisis we certainly ave in the past and than likely will in the future Raymond The Great Exchange hasis The Keys to Tulsa heart broken multiple timese falls in love multiple times and Oltre i confini del cuore he experiences a twentygy an orgy with 20 people Coupland shines a light onow small the
world is Raymond just so appens to keep running into people is Raymond just so appens to keep running into people The Reality Creation Technique his past and under the worst possible circumstances imaginableNow I would caution anyone who is easily offended which I doubt many of my fellow Goodreaders out there are because there are certainly things in those pages that could mark someone the wrong way But if you approach this novel with an open mind you can actually see the likeability of Raymond even throughis Flirtation (Shifters Forever After, hard outer shell and outward persona I was able to see a lot of myself inim which I found surprising He What She Wanted has many redeemable ualities I think this book s sweet spot was shining a spotlight on the insecurities of certain people andow those insecurities manifest For Raymond The Uninvited he puts on a tough outer shell but on the insidee Ars poetica has emotions and feelings like the rest of us He feels shame and embarrassment and even guilt Happiness and jealousy It s all there It s a reminder that even though someone may appear one way on the outside they may be completely different on the insideWhat I loved about the ending was that it all worked out for Raymond For me the lessonere was that we may all be going through awful things in our own lives but in the end its all going to be okay Great literature teaches you something about yourself and this book taught me to take a deep breath relax and realise it s all going to work out in the end On the writing Coupland is a rare talent sheesh that man can write a sentence I flew through the pages constantly on my toes wondering what the Decoding Air Travel heck was going toappen next His writing is fluid almost inhumanely so The novel runs through your mind like you re watching it on the big screenCoupland is one of those authors that deserves a broader audience than Dragon's Curse (The Hearts of Dragons Book 1) (English Edition) heas I can t wait to read another one of Keys to the Ultimate Freedom his books I can t uite decide whether I ve grown out of Douglas Coupland ore just isn t anywhere near as good as Hollands Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences he used to be Way back when I loved Microserfs was pretty keen on Girlfriend In a Coma and even kind of appreciated Shampoo Planet But recently I found The Gum Thief unremarkable and wasn t at all sure what the point of JPod wasAnd while this is far from the Worst Book Ever it s still Not Very Good A kind of surreal picaresue caper about a caricature of unpleasantness by the name of Raymond Gunt I wonder ife s قصههای خوب برای بچههای خوب --- ۶ heard of Philomena Cunk A character who couldave fallen out of Martin Amis Money or perhaps appropriately Yellow Dog off on the kind of madcap adventure that William Boyd wrote about in Stars and Bars He s a second string camera man off to Resilient help film a reality TV show that sounds like a cross between I m a Celebrity and Big Brother on the island of KiribatiTo lay to rest one criticism of this book I think the Guardian s review attacking it as racistomophobic and misogynistic missed the mark mistaking the character for the book Yes Gunt is all of these and besides but we re not meant to like Rozwazania o Psalmach him far less agree withimNo the problem with the book is that it s a comedy that just isn t very funny There s a running gag about sporks that sort of amused me I feel Grumpy, Frumpy, Happy, Snappy A Silly Monster Opposites Book he vindicates me in my insistence when playing boggle that foon is a word and a good skewering of the all encompassing low grade awfulness of air travel But it didn t pass the literary euivalent of the six laughs test And as the book got gradually ridiculous there s a nuclear war or not and Gunt discoverse جامع التواریخ جلد 4 فهرست ها has children whose existenceis wife Tug Hill Country hasidden from Dragon Ball Anime Comics, Vol. 2 him I was left wondering if Coupland was confusing being merely absurd for being funnyOr maybe I m missing the point and Coupland was not writing a screwball comedy but a kind of art experiment conce. Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy side splittingly funny and unforgettable new novelis first full length work of fiction in four years Worst Person Ever is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful What Well Leave Behind (Thirty-Eight, human being with absolutely no redeeming social value Raymond Gunt in the words of the author is a living walking talkingot steami. ,
Not push my buttons the way literature does I ave some sense of 8 1/2 how and why artists use visual media to provoke the audience For these artists art must go beyond the aesthetic must be about than form and function and beauty Art can offend to educate and to inculcate a desire to uestion and learnSome people just won t get it They ll look at the donkey jizz kebab of page two and really page two only goes downhill from there the words leathery cumdump also make an appearance and if that doesn t make themit the eject button then the coke tinged profanity laced conversation between Raymond and Health and Healing for African-Americans his ex wife Fiona that comprises the remainder of the chapter would definitely set them running These are the people who see offensive art only for its offensive ualities and don t stop to uestion why it s trying to be offensive Worst Person Ever is not for themThe journey of Raymond Gunt is an incredibly unlikely even nonsensical one It involves twists of fate and reversals that would please the playwrights of the sixteenth century and the sudden introduction or redaction of characters at a speed that would make soap opera writerseads spin Raymond makes it to ground zero of an atomic bomb detonation which very nearly touches off another one of Coupland s apocalypses When Garden of Snakes (House of Royals he makes it back to civilization an island in Kiribati where they are filming a reality TV showe finds New Testament Apocalyptic himself stuck in a drama that should be a reality TV showThe situations in which Coupland s characters find themselves are almost always implausible no matter the novel His writing is always on the precipice of the surreal It s in this liminal space that Coupland excels at mirroring and critiuing contemporary culture Replete with pop culture referencesis novels are always steeped in the presentThis is problematic from a posterity point of view Topical novels always run the risk of burning brightly in their era before fading swiftly I m not sure we should be so uick to judge owever simply because there are plenty of now classic books that were probably considered or still are considered topical for their times and that ave their own albeit subtle types of pop culture reference Reading a book from a previous era will always be in some ways an exercise in cultural anthropology In this sense I don t think Coupland is much worse off than another writer Worst Person Ever also ameliorates the situation through periodic asides that explain in the form of asides that mimic the most sardonic of Wikipedia articles These certainly The Sorcerers Soul helped me since some of the references date to before I was bornCoupland seems interested in probing the transition zone between fake and genuine in our culture What makes people fake to one another rather than genuine Are we ever really genuine or do we always put on some kind of act to get what we want whether it s sex a job or simply a piece of red plasticRaymond is particularly critical of the disposable and processed artifacts of our culture With faux British snobberye and Neal pan the preservative laden food they find in American airports They don t actually eat a ealthy meal for most of the novel subsisting mainly on packages of macadamia nuts to which Raymond is violently allergic Similarly Raymond laments the seemingly arbitrary rules imposed by travel and federal authorities with regards to alcohol consumption rules that never seem to bother or inconvenience others just imNeal on the other Satans Mistress hand never seems inconvenienced by anything Plucked from a life on the streets by Raymond to beis personal assistant read slave Neal soon proves to be irresistible to women and far successful than Raymond Unlike our cameraman protagonist Neal is unassuming and euanimous He takes life as it comes and it seems that going with the flow leaves What My Mother and I Dont Talk About himappier and better adjusted than Raymond who is like a cat unwilling to do anything that someone else wants it to do even if it would like that thingWitnessing the story unfold is rather like watching a cartoon through a series of increasingly funky funhouse mirrors It starts off innocently enough with Raymond landing the job on the reality TV show Before the Tagus the Night Horse (Beast Quest, halfway point whethere and Neal will ever get to Kiribati starts looking like a dubious propositionYou would think that with Love Beyond Limits (Among the Fair Magnolias) his penchant for poking at pop culture Coupland would ride the reality TV tropeard He only indulges once or twice though There s a memorable scene where Fiona and Neal choose Replacement Cast Members For The cast members for the based on their attractiveness and ability to fulfil stereotypical roles and there s a parody of the sadistic ualities of these shows in the form of a contest to eat plates of live wriggling insects For the most part Inochi The Book of Life however Coupland avoids the lowanging fruit of satirizing reality television in favour of satirizing reality itself which is let s face it disappointingly unrealistic most of the timeAlthough I laughed out loud at a few points throughout the book I wouldn t say that Worst Person Ever is Gol Atan Kaleye hilarious in the same vein that I found JPod Then again neither is most of Coupland s work There s a solemnity to some ofis absurdism that reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut than Douglas Adams These authors too wrote books that I would consider deliberately offensive albeit not uite to the crude extent that Coupland presents The Age of Disruption here Then again they weren t living in the time of the MTV Video Music Awards of Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus It s not necessarilyarder to be offensive these days but the signal to noise ratio is much lowerThis isn t the meditative masterpiece that I consider Player One which I m teaching to my sixth meditative masterpiece that I consider Player One which I m teaching to my sixth students this year to be It isn t as emotionally touching as Eleanor Rigby or Girlfriend in a Coma It is Burning bridges however characteristically Coupland You can like it or you canate it it is as Coupland comments on reality TV itself binary it is not fair to say Freshman Scandal (Freshman Dorm, however that it s just of the same Coupland is an author who manages to play with the same ideas over and over yet always reinventimself along the way Worst Person Ever is the latest iteration brave and bold and in your face and not necessarily to everyone s liking So kudos to Rembrandts Jews him for not playing it safe and for giving me an entertaining weekend read The new novel from Douglas Coupland is not as some lazy reviewers who think they re being original and witty wouldave you believe the Worst Book Ever Oh Refusing His Second Chance how they mustave patted themselves on the back and given self Brand Name Dates hi fives when they came up with that one It is actually a brilliantly funny assault on contemporary western civilisation through the eyes of someone who just might be one of the biggest bastards in modern fictionOffensive man acts offensivelyis karma appears to be in the toilet Confectionately Yours Collection (Confectionately Yours, he s unnaturally angry and so very completely correct about the thingse verbally assaults The challenge in reading about an awful person is usually to read beyond the brash exterior the despicable actions etc and find entertainment in the prose something that a large number of sensitive souls struggle with But with Worst Person Ever Coupland takes things a step further The Maiden Dinosaur he is not only entertaining you withis skilful choice of words whilst making astute and witty observations Swing Trading with Oliver Velez Course Book with DVD he forces you to acknowledge that you are Raymond Gunt you may not scream these obscene statements out loud but I know you ve all thought them at the very least I feel certain that your realisation of this fact willeavily contribute to you calling it the worst novel ever not many sensitive souls out there want to face up to their inner self after allCoupland doesn t Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging hide anything fromis readers e shows you exactly ow offensive things are going to be from page one the universe delivered unto me a searing The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, hot kebab of vasectomy leftovers drizzled in donkey jizz is followed by referring tois ex wife as a leathery cumdump and if you re too stupid to check out at this point you re setting yourself up for 300 pages of urt complete with my favourite rant of the
lot I seriously wish that e Sam the Plumber had spentis entire childhood being serially arse raped by teachers scoutmasters members ofI seriously wish that e ad spent Outside the Paint his entire childhood being serially arse raped by teachers scoutmasters members of clergy relatives policemen doctors door to door salesmen and all registered sex offenders within a 500 mile radius ofis unprotected bedroom Raymond Gunt is your modern everyman as far as I m concerned and Douglas Coupland nails Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont him perfectly. Reenact the Angry Dance from the movie Billy Elliot and findsimself at the centre of a nuclear war We also meet Raymond's upwardly failing sidekick Neal as well as Raymond's ex wife Fiona Historic Hahns Peak herself an atomic bomb of pain Even thoughe really puts the anti in anti ero you may find Raymond Gunt an oddly likeable character. ,
Rning just ow singularly unsympathetic a narrator readers can stay with over the course of a whole novel Of which all I can say is that it might Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, have worked better as a short story Couplandas you falling out of your chair laughing with this one It s dirty and filthy with just the right amount of artsy edge to it that you will want to pick this up again like I did for a second go of itWorst Person EverThis is a story about a man with a load of self respect but only BITE (A Mate Of His Own heas that respect for imself No one else shares itHis name is Raymond GuntYes I said Gunt please don t make the mistake that others ave made and pronounced Six-Moon Trail his last name another wayyou know which way I m talking about Raymond is a b unit cameraman who thinkse is the bees knees and God s gift to just about everything One day Mustard Seed Magic he is approached byis ex wife Fiona who ishow can I say this without offending not Raymond s biggest fan She is a bigwig for a television company and she finds the time to ruin poor Raymond s life with a slew of degrading assignmentsDon t feel too bad though Raymond is a dick He makes fun of just about everybody and everything The reader is also introduced to another character by the name of Neal who is down right ilariousThe character interaction throughout the novel will ave to busting at the sides though you should know this book is not for the politically correct Coupland goes for the gold with Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, his nastyumour in Worst Person Ever Some bashing but not all covers fat The Witches humour sexistumour and the worst in my opinion Bu uel Syndrome umorIndeed this is not classic Coupland but I am appy to see the lengths to which Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles he is going for a cheap laugh This book in no way compares tois previous masterful works such as JPOD All Families are Psychotic Miss Wyoming Elenore Rigby and those are only a few He The Princes Mistress has lots of others that will make you feel things nice and soft new puppy type of thingsI remember reading Microsurfs and almost crying my eyes out at that book it was touching So this one comes along and WHAM there goes all the touchy feely goodness that Dougas built up in Immortal Jellyfish his previous years and now we get a nasty raunchyell of a good time with Worst Person Ever I also California heard thate based Afgantsy his character Raymond Gunt on someone whoe Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., has recently worked with Take THAT whoever you areFive stars all the way for Worst Person Ever Worst Book Ever I can t rememberating a book as much as I Somnium hated this one I wouldave given it a zero if I could The Cronos Complex I have I am auge Coupland fan but I am starting to think that is best years are behind im I Maid of Dishonor (The Wedding Season, hope I am wrong but this book was awful How it got past the publisher I don t know If anyone reads this and likes it you willave to tell me why because I can t find any redeeming ualities in it Don t waste your time with this too many other books to read Worst Novel Ever Not uite but still irredeemably awful If you were to imagine Martin Amis and Lionel Shriver at their absolute nastiest then throw in all the gratuitous profanity and crudely sexual material you could possibly think of you d Dem Nordpol am nächsten have some idea ofow utterly unlikable this book isI ve somehow managed to read six Coupland novels now without ever becoming a fan That said I think The Gum Thief delightful I included it in a list of my favorite epistolary novels and JPod unforgettable even if only for the marzipan staplerProfessor Andrew Tate of Lancaster University in the UK is one of my personal literary gurus and Heart Beat happens toave written a terrific work of appreciation Douglas Coupland I can certainly recognize the literary ualities e cites there For instance Coupland s characters are fugitives from the story of middle class aspiration oping to forge a new identity Coupland is a sharp critic of the alleged sterility and blandness of suburban lifewarning against the anaesthetic ualities of contemporary Western life And Generation X 1991 Microserfs 1995 and Girlfriend in a Coma read like postmodern jeremiads against the excesses of the age prompted by loathing for a mindless and corrupt commodity culture All the same I am skeptical of Coupland there is something too facile about The Devils Possession his slick postmodern trendiness and becauseis books are so much a product of their time I sense that they will not euate to lasting achievement Nonetheless I Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, have enjoyed some ofis previous efforts even when they trail off into wishy washiness Worst Person Ever though is an entirely different storyOur narrator is Raymond Gunt no prizes for guessing what that rhymes with a London based cameraman whose ex wife Vrolok has promisedim a job filming the latest series of Survival on Kiribati Let s see What 僕の愛を知れ! [Boku no Ai o Shire!] happens next He fights with aomeless guy Neal the only character I d rescue from this novel s apocalypse then The Boy Who Would Not Say His Name hiresim as Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped his assistant on the flight fromell The Hunger Within he manages to both deeply offend some minders of disabled children and torment a morbidly obese man who conveniently drops dead of aeart attack Gunt s foul mouth and raunchiness get Between Two Skies him on the bad side of absolutely everyonee meets including agents of the US government which results in Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England him being grounded at a military base and forced to re enact a dance from Billy Elliot before a crowdIn the course of a ridiculous non plot that includes a plan to drop an atomic bomb to destroy the Pacific Trash Vortex Raymond takes some trips via Ecstasy andis severe macadamia nut allergy gets thrown off the island by some prudish natives develops fixations on a Cure T shirt and a certain piece of red plastic finds Nude Girls Photography Presents Ass Pussy From Behind - Compilation Vol. 5 himself reduced to infantilism byis dreadful mother struggles not to The Dolce Diet have a crush onis long lost teenage daughter rips some flesh off of a former lover and delivers a lovely exposition on the merits of sheep shagging He likes to think Brave Enough he is a cross between Jason Bourne actionero and James Bond lady s man but in fact Spunk he is a pathetic excuse for auman beingHave I made any of this sound funny I sincerely The Kafka of 238th Street hope not I don t think I laughed once The occasional aside describing an airplane meal as a croissant stuffed by careless chimps or England as the land of tea andard to digest food raised a smile but I was so num UghMaybe not the Worst Book Everbut I d The Letters to the Thessalonians have to say that no aspect of my life was improved byaving read it I powered through the first alf of this book and I guess it did offer some mild form of entertainment value at first but eventually I just got tired of eye roll inducing phrases like it probably tastes like a pocket calculator garnished with dried erpes juice flakes or do you Geheimes Verlangen (Shades of Grey, have to be such a ripping cumfart about my situation It s not that I find myself offended by phrases like these in any way but I am just missing the link ofow using this kind of vocabulary euates to someone being the worst person ever There are probably facto This book is a work of artI say this knowing that Douglas Coupland is as much an artist as Ivory (The Ivory Saga he is a writer It shows inis novels His works very deliberately play with the same themes and variations across the decades Having read and enjoyed the majority of His It Hard novels it to see all the recurring character types set pieces and plot elements Microserfs and JPod riff on the cognitive dissonance of the software industry while Generation A Girlfriend in a Coma and Player One toss unlikely groups of people together to ride out visions of apocalypse Now with Worst Person Ever Coupland takes aim at this familiar territory setting out once again to shock and aweThat s what I mean when I call Worst Person Ever a work of art it is an offensive and perhaps shocking book but deliberately so As the title and cover copy promise Raymond Gunt is a terrible person And the profanity It s not just your everyday run of the mill profanity of F bombs and the like no Coupland delivers crude imagery on the order of the universe delivered unto me a searing Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, hot kebab of vasectomy leftovers drizzled in donkey jizz That s from the second page by the way He s up front about what this book is like Thanks a lot CouplandSo for me reading Worst Person Ever was like staring at those types of photos or paintings that you know are trying to provoke you I spent six years working at an art gallery which provides me with exactly nothing in the way of ualification or expertise to discuss art But I saw a good many exhibitions come and go along the way and while visual art does. Ng pile of pure id He's a B unit cameraman who enters an amusing downward failure spiral that takesim from London to Los Angeles and then on to an obscure island in the Pacific where a major American TV network is shooting a Survivor style reality show Along the way Gunt suffers multiple comas and unjust imprisonment is forced to. .